MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed hog feedlot expansion in Waseca County

Contact: Cathy Rofshus, 507-206-2608

Leilyn Hogs proposes to expand its existing 2,400-head swine finishing facility about five miles southeast of Waseca in Section 24, Otisco Township, Waseca County.  A new barn for 2,400 finishing hogs will expand the operation to maximum capacity of 4,800.

As required by state rules, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet on the proposal. The public may submit written comments on the Leilyn Hogs EAW until 4:30 p.m., July 12, 2017. 

State agencies use an EAW to help decide whether a project requires a more extensive Environmental Impact Statement. The EAW covers site location details, nearby resources and other elements, including wells, soil types, water use, manure management, air and odor emissions, and traffic.

An estimated 1.7 million gallons of liquid manure produced annually would be stored in reinforced concrete pits below the barns, with a total capacity of nearly 2.2 million gallons. 

The manure is removed in fall and injected into cropland as fertilizer following an MPCA-approved manure management plan. More than 1,000 acres of cropland are available for land application among 10 manure application sites located within nine miles located in Byron, New Richland, and Otisco townships in Waseca County.

The worksheet for this project is available on the MPCA's Environmental Assessment Worksheet webpage. It’s also available by calling Kevin Kain at 651-757-2482. Written comments may be sent by email to kevin.kain@state.mn.us, or mailed to him at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55155-4194.